Bleach anime is back with a bang after many years, and fans are all here for it. The anime adaptation concluded in 2012 after airing for 366 episodes. However, the final arc of the manga, Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War, was adapted into an anime, has been on air since October 2022, and is still ongoing. The question that many fans still have is whether Bleach will change its disappointing manga ending.
Read on to find out more.
Why were many fans disappointed with Bleach manga’s ending?
Many fans of the Bleach manga were disappointed with its ending. One of the main complaints was that the final arc of the story felt rushed and had unresolved plot points. The final battle between the protagonist, Ichigo Kurosaki, and the main antagonist, Yhwach, was also criticized for being underwhelming and lacking emotional impact.
I just finished reading the chapter of the Bleach manga and wow… that was so bad… everything felt rushed… just all around horrible job with the ending with what I considered to be an incredible series. Extremely disappointed and disgusted
— Juan Leyva Torres (@JuanDLeyvaT) August 11, 2023
Another issue was the lack of closure for many characters and their subplots. Some fans felt that important characters were sidelined or didn’t receive proper development and resolution. Additionally, there were several loose ends and unanswered questions, leaving fans unsatisfied and wanting more. The pacing of the final arc was also a significant point of contention.
Many readers felt that important events and fights were glossed over or resolved too quickly, detracting from the overall enjoyment of the story. Overall, the disappointment stemmed from high expectations and the feeling that the ending didn’t live up to the series’ earlier quality and potential. While some fans were still satisfied with the conclusion, there was a significant portion of the fanbase who felt let down by the manga’s ending.
📍a thread about why i thought the bleach manga ending was bad (wow i’m going to get so many hate comments)
— —liliana ཻུ۪۪❁♡. (@basicsofbleach) January 26, 2018
Will Bleach anime change the ending?
Tite Kubo, the mangaka of Bleach, has not explicitly stated his personal satisfaction or dissatisfaction with the ending of the manga in interviews. While he has discussed various aspects of the series and its conclusion, he has not provided a direct statement regarding his own feelings about the ending.
The decision to adapt the final arc of the manga, known as the Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War arc was made in response to the demand and excitement from fans who wanted to see the complete story animated. The new adaptation is expected to provide a different ending compared to the original anime, giving fans a chance to experience the conclusion of the Bleach story in animated form.
Me: *thinks about the Bleach manga ending and how bad it was even after so many years and how so many characters were either totally forgotten or had their development ruined*
Me: At least the new season will animate Rukia's bankai.
— Natalie (@timeparadoxed) April 10, 2020
Bleach’s anime adaptation is still staying faithful to the manga so far. The producers and the mangaka have given no official response on whether the ending will be changed in the anime or not. If they do decide to change the end, there will be significant changes that need to be done in order to answer all the questions and the story might Stretch out longer than the manga.
The ending of the bleach manga was so bad it semi lost its “big 3” status. I hope the anime redeems it
— MangaSummit Podcast (@Manga_Summit) May 9, 2022